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POLL: Could Iraq's Leaders Learn From Rhode Island?

Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

The U.S. military officially announced the end to the War in Iraq on Thursday.

In a report by The New York Times, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said "remarkable progress" had been made in the country, but that "severe challenges" remain and that the "U.S. will be there to stand by the Iraqi people as they navigate those challenges."

With the country in flux, leaders in place will have a lot to grapple with, including relations with neighboring countries, building a strong domestic military and protecting civilians.

As the U.S. remains a close ally in the transition, we're curious: is there a notable Rhode Islander you think the Iraqis could learn a few lessons from?

Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

nptresident December 19, 2011 at 01:01 AM
The only connection between Rhode Island and Iraq is that we are in the financial mess partly because a warmongering president sent us to Iraq for no reason whatsoever and spent billion of dollars to rebuilt a a country that WE destroyed.
DownTown December 19, 2011 at 01:34 AM
That study isn't really determining which state has the best business climate rather it shows that when you have the worst business climate it's easier to show improvement. Also including median wages speaks to nothing other than the local cost of living which is much higher in the northeast than in most of areas of the country with the exception of the West Coast. Inclusion of this data just skews the results in favor of areas with a higher cost of living. It does not take into account whether those are living wages for the areas in question just that more is more. New Hampshire has consistently had among the lowest unemployment rates and they have among the lowest tax burdens yet they are well behind Rhode Island? That's all anyone needs to know about this study.
Joe Sousa. December 19, 2011 at 10:02 AM
2007-2010 Rhode Island’s total employment fell 7.7% and its unemployment rate rose 134.7% A fine example how not to run a State
Jack Baillargeron December 19, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Here what can be taught to Iraq. "how to make a failure of a state. " Monday, December 19, 2011 http://www2.turnto10.com/business/2011/jun/30/ri-named-worst-city-do-business-ar-577508/ Top 5 States for Business to go to. Virginia is back on top, knocking out Texas and capturing first-place honors for the third time in five years. Rounding out the top five are Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado. Worst 5 States for Business in the Country The bottom five include West Virginia, Mississippi, Hawaii, Alaska and Rhode Island. Massachusetts was ranked sixth and Connecticut was No. 39. Can't get more recent than that there "Larry Welsh" Can't get out of unemployment if there are no jobs of substance. Just saying
nptresident December 19, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Oh please, does hyperbole know no bounds?

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